scriven.jpgJo­seph M. Scriv­en: 1855

Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land. It was orig­in­al­ly pub­lished anon­y­mous­ly, and Scriv­en did not re­ceive full cred­it for al­most 30 years.


What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Here is what a song like this can do.  I know this video clip is a little long, but it is worth it.  gib.jpg

Who is Chonda Pierce?




Among the great and glorious gifts
our heavenly Father sends
Is the gift of understanding
that we find in loving friends…

For in this world of trouble
that is filled with anxious care,
Everybody needs a friend
in whom they’re free to share

The little secret heartaches
that lay heavy on the mind –
Not just a mere acquaintance,
but someone who’s just our kind…

For somehow in the generous heart
of loving faithful friends,
The good God in His charity
and wisdom always sends

A sense of understanding
and the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities
with kindness and affection…

So when we need some sympathy
or a friendly hand to touch
Or one who listens
and speaks words that mean so much,

We seek a true and trusted friend
in the knowledge that we’ll find
A heart that’s sympathetic
and an understanding mind…

And often just without a word
there seems to be a union
Of thoughts and kindred feelings,
for God gives true friends communion.

 By: Helen Steiner Rice

Thanks to Stella for the contribution